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August 29, 1995 | By James M. O'Neill, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Consumer and environmental groups lashed out yesterday at a major New Jersey electric company that seeks to shrink its energy-conservation programs. But the utility says that, with a glut of cheap energy now available, such conservation programs are no longer cost-effective. Jersey Central Power and Light's proposal could foreshadow similar moves by other utilities in the region also seeking to capitalize on the lure of cheap energy from other parts of the country. Consumers would no longer receive discounts for limiting their use of appliances at peak energy times if the state Board of Public Utilities, which plans to decide on the plan by year's end, approves JCP&L's proposal.
NEWS
July 14, 2009 | By Katrina Schwartz
In their continuing efforts to balance the state budget, the governor and lawmakers are considering eliminating a program designed to help Pennsylvanians make their homes more energy-efficient. Given the need to help citizens through a difficult economy while also addressing climate change, the program should not be facing such a threat. The Keystone Home Energy Loan Program provides the only low-interest loans available to homeowners looking to reduce their monthly utility bills and shrink their carbon footprints.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
The building engineer was skeptical, Scott Milne recalled. Replace 4,500 fluorescent lights with 2,250 brighter, more efficient LED bulbs that would pay for themselves after one year? But Milne, president of National Energy Technologies in Southampton, Bucks County, said he was able to persuade the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, on North 17th Street, to go for it. Last week, the hotel got a $95,000 rebate check from Peco, just about equal to the cost of new LED bulbs sold by Milne's company.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1989 | By Robert S. Boyd, Inquirer Washington Bureau
John Downey, proprietor of the Silvercrest retirement home in Taunton, Mass., was visiting a friend's house in June. "What's that funny-looking light bulb?" he asked. He was told that it was a new kind of small, energy-efficient fluorescent lamp that uses 18 watts of electricity but puts out as much light as a 75-watt bulb and lasts 13 times longer, up to 10,000 hours. The Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant rents the compact "smartlights," which screw into ordinary sockets, to its customers for 20 cents a month.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Pennsylvania has relaunched its popular program offering low-interest, fixed-rate financing for energy-efficient home improvements almost two years after it went dormant for lack of funding. State officials, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Reese and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, gathered at the South Philadelphia home of Lizzie Rothwell and John Beauregard on Thursday to announce resumption of the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program. Rothwell and Beauregard used a loan from the program to insulate their 800-square-foot South Seventh Street rowhouse and upgrade its systems two years ago. KeystoneHelp, as the program is known, provided loans totaling $110 million to 14,000 homeowners statewide in the eight years after it began in 2006.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once Marcelo J. Rouco decided on Philadelphia as the location for the North American headquarters of his Australian energy-efficiency firm, Ecosave Inc., he went all in. Last June, he paid $4.2 million for a small engineering firm in Bristol, DVL Automation, as a beachhead for his North American expansion. He also bought a Center City house and relocated his wife and two children from Down Under. "Australia is a great place, but a smaller market, only 21 million people," said Rouco, 44. "So I expect the North American office to generate a lot more revenue than the Australian office.
NEWS
July 24, 2014
D OUG BLOOM, 56, of Flourtown, is CEO of RealWinWin, a company that makes energy efficiency economically viable for clients who own, operate or manage more than 1 billion square feet of commercial space. The company finds, collects and creates rebates to make energy-related projects more cost-effective. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for RealWinWin? A: The company was founded in 2001 to build an ASP [application service provider] in the landlord-tenant, building and energy-efficiency spaces.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
How many conservatives does it take to screw in a new lightbulb? More than if it were liberals. A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who are more politically conservative are less in favor of investing in energy-efficiency technology. It turns out that they're likely to be put off by the environmental messaging. Which is ubiquitous. Energy efficiency has long been touted as a way to stall climate change. The federal government's Energy Star website promotes energy-efficient products by saying they will "save energy and fight climate change.
REAL_ESTATE
March 19, 1989 | By H. Jane Lehman, Special to The Inquirer
Congress is eyeing a plan to enable home buyers and renters to compare the energy efficiency of homes in an attempt to cut down on the use of fossil fuels that have been blamed for the greenhouse effect. But housing-industry officials say that the proposed numerical rating system would unnecessarily complicate the home-buying process - because utility usage information is readily available - and would raise the cost of buying or renting a home. The building labeling plan is part of broader legislation introduced in February by Sen. Timothy Wirth (D., Colo.
NEWS
October 29, 2004 | By Jeanne M. Fox
Energy policy has a profound impact on nearly everything Americans hold important. The right policy can mean job creation, a thriving economy fueled by affordable energy and technological innovation, a cleaner environment, increased security, and a foreign policy liberated from energy dependence. Today, Americans are coping with the repercussions of the wrong national energy policy. Families struggle to pay the rising costs of heating their homes and fueling their cars. Businesses absorb the economic impact of poor electric reliability.
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NEWS
May 19, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Jobs producer too It's difficult to understand a commentary's point that job creation and clean energy don't mix ("Once again, siding with greens over job creation," May 13). Advanced energy - which includes technologies such as wind, solar, and nuclear power; natural-gas generation; energy efficiency; advanced transportation; and advanced grid solutions - is a $200-billion-a-year industry in the United States and growing. The sector employs nearly 2.7 million people, and job growth outpaced overall U.S. employment growth 4-to-1 last year.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Pennsylvania has relaunched its popular program offering low-interest, fixed-rate financing for energy-efficient home improvements almost two years after it went dormant for lack of funding. State officials, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Reese and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, gathered at the South Philadelphia home of Lizzie Rothwell and John Beauregard on Thursday to announce resumption of the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program. Rothwell and Beauregard used a loan from the program to insulate their 800-square-foot South Seventh Street rowhouse and upgrade its systems two years ago. KeystoneHelp, as the program is known, provided loans totaling $110 million to 14,000 homeowners statewide in the eight years after it began in 2006.
REAL_ESTATE
March 14, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
It's almost spring, and my electronic desk is accumulating more advice than I can share with you in a lifetime. An interesting bit of counsel comes from Lennox, which manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment: Leaves, weeds and grass collect on outdoor condenser units during the fall and winter, resulting in blocked air flow and reduced energy efficiency. Clearing the debris allows for unrestricted airflow, improving an air-conditioning system's efficiency, reducing operating costs, keeping the air clean, and increasing energy savings.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
By Michael E. Kraft In December, delegates from 195 nations approved a remarkable global climate agreement. It calls for all countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases substantially. Most of these emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels, and the message couldn't be clearer: We need to change the way we generate and use energy, and do so quickly. The United States set a modest goal: cutting emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In the face of persistent congressional opposition to climate-change policy, President Obama has used executive authority to move toward that goal, most notably through the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which will regulate coal-fired power plants and new-vehicle fuel economy standards.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The Goldtex apartments at 315 N. 12th St. have received Philadelphia's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-level certification for a residential high-rise, according to the building's developer, Post Brothers. The 13-story tower earned the LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly features, Post Brothers said in a statement. The design of the building, a former shoe factory, saves an estimated 15 million pounds of CO2 a year - the equivalent of the emissions from 1,200 motor vehicles - and runs entirely on wind-generated power, the company said.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
The building engineer was skeptical, Scott Milne recalled. Replace 4,500 fluorescent lights with 2,250 brighter, more efficient LED bulbs that would pay for themselves after one year? But Milne, president of National Energy Technologies in Southampton, Bucks County, said he was able to persuade the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, on North 17th Street, to go for it. Last week, the hotel got a $95,000 rebate check from Peco, just about equal to the cost of new LED bulbs sold by Milne's company.
NEWS
November 22, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's updated Energy Master Plan, released by the Christie administration late Friday afternoon, continues to forecast a dim future for offshore wind development. "While the future may bring change, offshore wind in the U.S. is not economically viable at this time," according to the report, jointly released by the Board of Public Utilities and the Department of Environmental Protection. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, was quick to denounce the update.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The SEPTA board decided Thursday to make the regional transit network more environmentally friendly with plans that are budget friendly, too. The transit agency will begin installing $18.3 million in energy-efficient technology on SEPTA regional rail trains and subway cars, and at five facilities. The plan involves installing LED lighting, water conservation, and a variety of capital improvements designed to reduce energy use. Baltimore energy company Constellation New Energy Inc. was contracted to do the upgrades.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved a Public Service Electric & Gas plan to spend an additional $95 million on energy efficiency programs for health care facilities, multi-family housing and small urban businesses, government agencies and non-profits. PSE&G has already invested $227 million on energy efficiency efforts for those sectors through the end of 2014, subsidizing hundreds of hospitals, schools, city halls, firehouses, community service organizations and apartment buildings to save energy and money.
NEWS
April 7, 2015
ISSUE | POLICE REFORMS Citizens should know the ground rules I would add a section to the recent federal report recommending changes in procedures and training in the Police Department (" 'Significant strife,' " March 24). It would include provisions that we should educate citizens that the police volunteered to protect and serve; that if you want to commit crimes, you should be prepared to be arrested; that if you decide to resist arrest, force will be used to control you; and that if you choose to shoot at officers, they will shoot back.
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